Community rallies to help mother of boys killed by father in house fire

Claire Throssel outside St John's church in Penistone, where church members have launched an appeal to help her.
Claire Throssel outside St John's church in Penistone, where church members have launched an appeal to help her.
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A COMMUNITY campaign to help a mother who lost her two sons in a house fire started by their father has raised £15,000 in just two months.

Jack Sykes, 12, and his nine-year-old brother Paul both died after the blaze was started in the family home in Penistone by their father, Darren Sykes, in October.

Claire Throssell with sons Paul and Jack.''''Picture: Ross Parry

Claire Throssell with sons Paul and Jack.''''Picture: Ross Parry

As well as losing her precious sons, the boys’ mother, Claire Throssell lost her home, which was entirely devastated.

Local church members launched an appeal to raise £50,000 to refurbish the home so Ms Throssell can sell it and try to move on with her life.

Around £15,000 has already been raised through donations and fundraising events, with £2,000 alone raised at an event organised by local entertainer Dave Cherry last Thursday.

But due to the generosity of local businesses and services who have offered help, the appeal, Care for Claire, only needs to raise another £10,000 to fund the refurbishment.

Claire Throssell with sons Paul and Jack.''''Picture: Ross Parry

Claire Throssell with sons Paul and Jack.''''Picture: Ross Parry

Fundraiser Martin Scothern told The Yorkshire Post: “The community has really come together for Claire - and not just those who have donated cash. Local businesses have offered windows and kitchens, even estate agents have offered to sell the house for free.

“Money is important but having people volunteer to help with the work is fantastic. With just a final push, we’re confident we can do it for Claire.”

A business breakfast will be held at the Holiday Inn in Barnsley on July 2. Donate to the appeal via www.gofundme.com/qe57bgg